Our Parental Controls let you choose how your child plays and interacts with others across Epic’s games and experiences, including Fortnite, Rocket League, and Fall Guys. These tools let you make informed decisions about what is right for your family and manage access to social features such as voice and text chat, purchasing permissions, and more.
Manage Parental Controls
After you sign into your child’s Epic Games account using the Epic Account Portal, you can set or modify your younger player’s Parental Controls. Settings can also be modified in Fortnite. Additionally, there are Parental Controls available on gaming platforms such as PlayStation®, Xbox, Nintendo Switch™, and mobile devices, and we provide information below on how to manage platform-level settings.
Learn more about Parental Controls with these helpful guides.
Manage your child’s online social interactions across Epic’s experiences and games by setting permissions for friend requests, voice and text chat, and mature language filtering. Parents are encouraged to review platform-level social settings as well.
Epic Voice Chat Permission
Manage who your child is able to speak with using Epic voice chat.
You can choose to allow your child to speak with:
If your child is under 10 years old, the maximum voice and text chat permission will be “Friends Only.” When your child turns 10, you will be able to choose additional voice and text chat options. If your child is under 13, the maximum voice and text chat permission will be “Friends & Teammates." When your child turns 13, you will be able to choose additional voice and text chat options. Turning on voice chat also turns on voice reporting.
About Voice Reporting
When voice chat is on, voice reporting stores voice chat audio on each participant’s device on a rolling five-minute basis, which will be sent to Epic Games only if a participant reports a violation. Voice reporting is usually on, except in parties formed among friends where all players prefer voice reporting off. Players can see if voice reporting is currently on or off in the Sidebar. Voice reporting is always on for players under 18.
To learn more about voice reporting, see the Frequently Asked Questions.
Epic Text Chat Permission
Manage who your child can chat with using Epic text chat.
You can choose to allow your child to text chat with:
If your child is under 10 years old, the maximum text and voice chat permission will be “Friends Only.” When your child turns 10, you will be able to choose additional text and voice chat options. If your child is under 13, the maximum text and voice chat permission will be “Friends & Teammates." When your child turns 13, you will be able to choose additional text and voice chat options.
Note: Selecting "Nobody" still allows players to use messages from a list of standard in-game safe phrases (e.g. “Nice one!”), if supported. If a selected setting is not yet supported by a game or service, a more restrictive setting is applied.
Filter Mature Language
You can filter out mature language such as profanity in Fortnite’s text chat. Note: the mature language setting only applies to Fortnite.
Filter off: Text chat won’t be filtered for mature language.
Filter on: Mature language in text chat will be filtered and replaced with heart symbols.
Require a PIN to Add Friends
Choose to require your Parental Controls PIN to be entered for your child to send or accept Epic friend requests.
Setting off: Your child can send or accept friend requests themselves.
Setting on: Each time your child tries to send or accept an Epic friend request, you will need to enter your PIN.
Note: Friends requests are not permitted for Rocket League Sideswipe since it doesn’t yet support this setting. This setting doesn’t affect platform-wide friends systems on gaming platforms such as PlayStation®, Steam, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch™.
Set permissions to help prevent unauthorized payments while using Epic Games payment services.
Require a PIN for Epic Games Payments
This setting requires your Parental Controls PIN to be entered to authorize real money purchases using Epic payment.
Setting off: Your child will be able to complete payments without a PIN.
Setting on: Your Parental Controls PIN will be required to complete payments using Epic payment. This setting does not affect payments made on gaming platforms such as PlayStation®, Steam, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch™, nor does it affect purchases made with in-game currencies, such as V-Bucks in Fortnite.
Note: If your child indicates they are under the age of 13, a daily spending limit of $100 will be applied to their account. Any purchases above the daily spending limit will require that a parent or guardian’s Parental Controls PIN is entered to override the limit and complete the purchase.
The $100 spending limit will apply to the daily total purchases made using Epic Games payment, including purchases in Fortnite, Rocket League, Fall Guys and the Epic Games Store. This limit will not be applied to payments made on gaming platforms such as PlayStation®, Steam, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch™, and does not affect purchases made with in-game currencies, such as V-Bucks in Fortnite.
Manage which experiences your child can access in Fortnite, and which games your child can access in the Epic Games Store based on age ratings.
Fortnite Content Ratings
Every experience in Fortnite has its own rating and you can choose to restrict your child’s access to experiences above a certain rating. Your Parental Controls PIN will be required to unlock experiences for your child that are rated above your age-rating setting.
Rating systems vary by geographical region. An example of age rating limits are listed below:
For example, if you set your rating to Everyone 10+, you will be required to enter your Parental Controls PIN to unlock Teen experiences. If you set your rating to Teen, you won’t need to enter your PIN, all experiences in Fortnite will be accessible to your child.
Learn more about IARC Ratings in Fortnite here.
Epic Games Store Rating
You can choose the ratings for new games your child can buy or download in the Epic Games Store. If your child tries to buy or download a new game above your chosen rating, your Parental Controls PIN will be required.
Rating systems vary by geographical region. Some examples of age rating limits are listed below:
- Everyone 10+
- Adults Only
For example, if you select Everyone 10+, your child would not be able to get new games rated Teen without entering your PIN.
Note: If you set your Epic Games Store content ratings to “Everyone” or “Everyone 10+”, your child will be able to download Fortnite from the Epic Games Store but they will only be able to access islands within your ratings threshold and not islands rated “Teen” like Fortnite Battle Royale. See the section above for more details on Fortnite Content Settings.
Account Connection Controls
Choose if you want to provide parental approval each time your child uses ‘Sign in with Epic’ for third-party games outside the Epic Games Store.
‘Sign in with Epic’ Settings
You can require parental consent for each non-Epic game or site to which your child attempts to log in or connect using their Epic Account, or enable the ‘Sign in with Epic’ single sign on solution (SSO).
Sign In With Epic is a single sign on (SSO) solution that allows your child to use their Epic account to sign in to or connect external accounts and games from other companies outside the Epic Games Store.
Players can use Sign In With Epic to access games or connect to platforms that aren’t operated by Epic. When using Sign In With Epic, players share account information including their Epic ID and Display Name, connected gaming account names, their online presence, and their Epic friends list. Epic may receive similar account information from the connected site or platform.
Enable Sign in With Epic for your child
Setting off: You will be asked to approve each non-Epic game or site to which your child attempts to log in or connect using their Epic Account.
Setting on: Your child will be able to log in and connect to any non-Epic game or site that uses Sign In with Epic, including games and platforms outside of the Epic Games Store.
Note: this control is only visible for certain accounts depending on information you or a member of your family provided when signing up for or completing verified parental consent for an Epic account.
Playtime & Activity Reports
Sign up to receive playtime tracking reports for Fortnite or to receive activity reports for your child’s Epic account.
Fortnite Playtime Tracking Report
Track the amount of time your child plays Fortnite each week.
Setting off: You won't receive weekly playtime tracking reports.
Setting on: We'll send a weekly playtime report to the parent or guardian associated with this account. If there isn't a parent or guardian email address, we'll send the playtime report to the registered account’s email address.
Note: Playtime tracking reports are only available for Fortnite at this time.
Activity Reports for Your Child’s Epic Account
Sign up to receive activity reports when changes are made to your child’s Epic account.
Setting off: You won’t receive reports on your child’s account changes.
Setting on: You will receive reports when changes are made to your child’s account.
You can subscribe to receive email reports for the following account changes:
Parental Control Settings Updates - Notifications when your Parental Control PIN is used to make changes to Parental Controls settings on your child's account.
Friend Requests - Notifications when your Parental Control PIN is used to send or accept a friend request.
New Epic Friends Added - Notifications of friends added to your child’s Epic Friends list.
Gaming Platform Settings
Epic’s Parental Controls apply to the features in games and experiences owned and operated by Epic Games, including Fortnite, Rocket League, and Fall Guys, regardless of the platform they’re being played on.
If you turn off voice chat in one of Epic’s games, your child may still be able to access voice chat using the chat system built into your console. It’s important to review platform-level settings whether you’re playing on PlayStation®, Xbox, Nintendo Switch™, Windows 10, iOS, or Google Play.
Information on each platform’s specific Parental Controls and how to set them up is provided below.